Second Saturday! Beacon Art Gallery Openings for September 2019

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Happy Second Saturday weekend, Beacon! As always, there are lots of art show openings, but it feels like there's extra community emphasis in this month's happenings. Get the most comprehensive Beacon art listings in one place in our handy Guide right here.

Don't miss your chance to bid a fond farewell to Open Space Gallery, a hub for a lot of cool art, art-adjacent activities, and people, as it closes up shop over on the east end of Main Street. The Howland Public Library is hosting a Spirit of Beacon photography exhibition. Photo Book Works is back from summer break, doors open to all. And at Bau Gallery, "Porch" is a physical reminder of some easy ways to connect with our community. More detailed descriptions of these shows and so many more in our Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide!

Thank you to BeaconArts for promoting the arts and our little t̶o̶w̶n̶ city for more than 15 years. Big, big thanks to the sponsors of A Little Beacon Blog, who make all of this possible! And thank you, readers, for supporting the businesses that support us.

See you strolling!

Happening This Weekend - 9/13/2019

Lots of options for your Saturday! You'll need to plot carefully. It's a beautiful weekend to be in Beacon. Look down this list to see what you want to do...

Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide Sneak Peek

SPONSORED BY: 
SECOND SATURDAY WRITTEN BY:
Catherine Sweet
Thank you to No. 3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works for sponsoring the Art Gallery Guide!
Here's your Second Saturday Sneak Peak, but get the full view at A Little Beacon Blog's Art Gallery Guide!
  • Top Left: Dylan Wood in the Spirit of Beacon photo exhibition at the Howland Public Library
  • Top Right: Mark Thomas Gibson at Mother Gallery
  • Bottom Left: Samantha Palmeri at Catalyst
  • Bottom Right: Beacon artist Andre Junget at Bannerman Island Gallery
VISIT THE FULL ART GALLERY GUIDE
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.
Events Guide sponsored by The Crafty Hammer


 

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst
Day
: September 13-15, 2019
Time: 10am-5pm (Fri), 10am-6pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
Location: Lyndhurst Estate, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
Information >

Hudson Valley Reads The Mueller Report
Days/Times
: September 13, 2019 / 9:30am - 10pm
Days/Times: September 14, 2019 / 10am - 10pm
Location: The Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn, 489 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY
According to the Beacon Free Press, there will be 50 readers and musical interludes during some redacted sections. Free parking is across the street.

Free Prop Building for Beacon Fairy Walk at The Crafty Hammer
Day: Saturday, Sept. 14th
Time: 11am-3pm
RSVP: Click HERE
Location: 4 South Chestnut Street, Beacon, NY  12508
The Crafty Hammer in Beacon, NY is hosting a makers session those who would like to make a fairy house to be used in the play taking place at the Settlement Camp next weekend.
Information >

Celebration Of Life For Jack Dexter, Former Legistlator
Day: Saturday, Sept. 14th
Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: St. Rocco's Hall, 26 South Chestnut Street, Beacon, NY 12508

CANCELED Due To Illness
“Birth Strike” with Jenny Brown - Reading & Discussion
Day
: Friday, September 13, 2019

Hudson River Craft Beer Festival
Day: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 1:30-5:30pm (12:30 VIP)
Location: 1 Red Flynn Dr, Beacon, NY 12508 (Beacon Metro North train station)
Information >

4th Annual Chefs for Clearwater
Day
: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 5:30pm
Location: The Culinary Institute of America, Farquharson Hall in Roth Hall, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY
Information >

The Artichoke Storytelling Series
Day
: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Live Concert with Brentano String Quartet
Day
: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

SAVE THE DATE
Nourish Night @ Meyer's Olde Dutch
Day
: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 5:30-9pm
Location: Meyer’s Olde Dutch, 184 Main St, Beacon, NY
The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and Meyer’s Olde Dutch bring together a special event with friends and community for an evening of fun and food to raise awareness and funds for American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.
Information >

Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
Walk/Run For Sickle Cell Disease Awareness
Day
: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 9am Registration begins.
Register Online: CLICK Here
Location: Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY 12508
This is the 6th year hosting the 5K Walk/Run for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) by local resident and mother of a son Jayden who was born with SCD, Jessica Salomon. Read more about it when A Little Beacon Blog covered this issue back in 2015.
Information >
 

 

 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END

Darryl's Women's Clothing Boutique
155 Main Street
www.darrylsny.com

Yeah you did...show off that you mean it with those bell sleeves on this Joseph Ribkoff hi-low top with a little stand up collar. Try it on this weekend - or any day of the week! - at Darryl's Clothing Boutique in Beacon.
PS: Did you see Darryl's feature in today's Highlands Current? Congratulations!
 
SECOND SATURDAY ART: See the art exhibit from the Beacon-based artist Catherine Welshman in Darryl's now.


Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

www.luxeoptique.com
Get your sunnies for fall now in Luxe Optique. This mini-collection is one of many from Anne Valentin, a line that feels very special and unique, and is perfect for those entering into the eyewear collection frame of mind (pun intended!). There's a bit of a party this weekend at Luxe Optique...go in to see what we mean.

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END

Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)

The next Trunk Show starts today and will be held through Sunday, September 15th featuring gowns by Hayley Paige. This is a great opportunity to go into Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique to experience the shop itself, and their gown collection.

Book your appointment with Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique today or call them at (845) 761-2900!


Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! Luxe Optique, Binnacle Books, Darryl's Boutique, and Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique.

 


 
Friday nights are made for brownie sudaes. Find one of Beacon's best at Pandorica, near Play and Bank Square.
 
Thank you to Barb's Butchery, The Pandorica, and BAJA 328 for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!
Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning!

 

 
 
The Crafty Hammer
4 South Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
845-834-9665 (WOOD)

@thecraftyhammerllc
The Crafty Hammer is a proud sponsor of the Beacon Fairy Walk (9/21 and 9/28), a walking theatre production incorporating Beacon’s beautiful landscape. Local artists and community members create a magical path that follows a story set in a hidden Fairy grove within Beacon's University Settlement Camp.

Monotype Printing with Christine Seymour-Price
Day:
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 4-5pm
Location: CreateSpace Beacon, 145 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

MVT 109 w- Phoebe Miller
Day
: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 5-6:30pm
Location: Namastesis Yoga & Wellness, 1065 Main St, Suite H, Fishkill, NY
Information >
Thank you to The Crafty Hammer for sponsoring the Adult Classes Guide! For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.

 
 
Beacon Athletics presents Girls In Sports Day
Day
: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Beacon Athletics, 101 Matteawan Road, Beacon, NY
Information >

Free Prop Building for Beacon Fairy Walk at The Crafty Hammer
Day: Saturday, Sept. 14th
Time: 11am-3pm
RSVP: Click HERE
Location: 4 South Chestnut Street, Beacon, NY  12508
The Crafty Hammer in Beacon, NY is hosting a makers session those who would like to make a fairy house to be used in the play. The event is free and kids are encouraged to come and will have a great time.

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide
Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.

Time to freshen up your hair style - or beard! Find a salon in Beacon at
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide.
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HEADLINE NEWS FROM OUR SPONSORS

 
Antalek & Moore
A reminder from Antalek & Moore that it is a busy time on the roads with school buses picking up children all around, parents are in a rush to drop their kids off without being late to work, and kids are on their bikes rushing to catch first period.  Remember to be patient when a school bus is loading and unloading kids, and watch for kids walking to school. Read more helpful tips in our latest sponsored post.
       
A Little Beacon Space :: Event Venue
Host your Pop-Up, Business Meeting, Client Presentation, Workshop, and more. Now offering a special rate for Teachers and Music Recitals so that creative can happen easily.
Details >

 
BeaconArts :: Tiny Concerts at The Shelter
Take the Beacon Free Loop to the next "Tiny Concerts @ The Shelters!"  featuring Choi Fairbanks.
Day: Saturday, September 14th
Time: 1pm-2pm
Location: Bus Shelter: Cliff and Main Streets (Next to Beacon Bread Co.)
Tin Shingle 
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Marilyn Perez, Managing Editor
Catherine Sweet, Editor of the Second Saturday Guide

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Kids + Bus Safety Is Crucial In First Days Of School - Antalek and Moore Gives Tips (Sponsored)

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The end of summer vacation comes too quickly and before you know it, it’s that time of year again! School buses are picking up children all around, parents are in a rush to drop their kids off without being late to work, and kids are on their bikes rushing to catch first period. “This can be a dangerous time because children- as well as drivers- are adjusting to back-to-school routines,” says Alex Epstein, director of Transportation Safety for the National Safety Council (NSC). Fortunately, Antalek & Moore has a few key tips to keep our community safe and happy:

BE PATIENT – STOP AND WAIT
Share the road with school buses. We know the first few days take a little longer to get the kids loaded but be patient! Who doesn't love a good first day back to school picture with their kids waving from the bus?  

KIDS IN MOST DANGER NEAR THEIR BUS
According to the National Safety Council, the most dangerous area for children is within 10 feet of their bus. Give them space to load and unload. This is especially true in the first few weeks of school as kids are excited and getting used to this year's routine.
If the bus has it's lights on and it's stop sign out- it is never safe to pass the bus. This applies to multiple lanes as well so be aware when traveling on a road like Route 9 as school buses may be traveling in the opposite direction.

WATCH FOR KIDS WALKING TO SCHOOL
We have a good amount of our students who walk to and from school in Beacon. Please be aware of especially in a school zone. Be sure to follow posted speed limits, avoid blocking crosswalks when stopped and keep an eye out for crossing guards. 

Many children nationwide begin and end their days with a trip to and from school, whether that’s by bus, walking or biking. By exercising a little extra care and caution, we can create a happy and safe school zone. Wishing all Beacon City School District Students, a happy and safe 2019-2020 school year!

 

How To Participate In The Spirit Of Beacon Day Parade - As A Marcher Or Table

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A few readers have written in with questions about how to participate in the Spirit of Beacon Day Parade and street celebration. The parade is always on the last Sunday in September, which this year is September 29, 2019, and runs from Wolcott/Pohill Park at the beginning of Main Street (near Bank Square) all the way to Tioranda Avenu (just past the Howland Cultural Center). Participants in the parade usually include the Beacon City Schools, non-profits, businesses, and others.

Learn more about the Spirit of Beacon Day here in our article about the new leadership, as well as its history.

After the parade, people return to the middle of Main Street to enjoy the tables set up by different groups to come together with the community. If you are thinking of marching/rolling in the parade, or if you want a table, here are some guidelines from the Spirit of Beacon Day Committee, as posted on their new website:

Who Can Register For A Table At The Event?

Local Non Profits, community groups, schools, churches and Main Street businesses. Space is limited : the non profit groups get registered first, (since this has been the tradition), and additional spaces will be available to Main Street businesses.

How To Register For A Table

1) Local Non Profits, community groups, schools and churches register first, during July / August . If you would like to register your community organization, contact spiritofbeacon@gmail.com

2) Any additional spaces available after August are offered to Main Street businesses on a first come first served basis. Contact : spiritofbeacon@gmail.com

Who Marches In The Parade?

Local schools, churches, not for profit organizations, veterans, community groups, local businesses, Beacon’s City Council and First Responders.

How To Participate In The Parade As A Marcher

A registration letter is sent out in July and will be also available online. Contact : spiritofbeacon@gmail.com

Spirit Of Beacon Photo Exhibit At Howland Public Library

Over 30 people submitted their best of Beacon photos to the Second Annual Spirit of Beacon Exhibit, produced by the The Howland Public Library (HPL) and the Spirit of Beacon Day Committee. The artistic challenge was to find the best photo that captures the essence of the "Spirit of Beacon." Is it the people, the connection to the river, the historical buildings, the beautiful mountains, all of the above, or something else?

The photos have been chosen and will be on display starting opening night on the Second Saturday of September, 14th, from 5-7pm. The exhibit was curated by Michelle Rivas and Jennifer Blakeslee, and will be on display through October 6th

Stop by the library on opening night to see the annual community “portrait” of the City of Beacon.. 

The Howland Public Library is centrally located at 313 Main Street in Beacon, NY. For more information go to beaconlibrary.org.

Photo by Cindy Gould

Photo by Cindy Gould

Photo by Jennifer Blakeslee

Photo by Jennifer Blakeslee

Photo by Dylan Wood

Photo by Dylan Wood

Photo by Kevin Bertholf

Photo by Kevin Bertholf

Photo by Bill Winter

Photo by Bill Winter

Photo by Rick Rogers

Photo by Rick Rogers

Photo by Carolyn Glauda

Photo by Carolyn Glauda

Photo by Kelly Ellenwood

Photo by Kelly Ellenwood

Photo by Cynthia Careccia

Photo by Cynthia Careccia

Photo Uncredited

Photo Uncredited

Photo by Philomena Kiernan

Photo by Philomena Kiernan

Photo by Ross Corsair

Photo by Ross Corsair

Yes, There Is A Kids Halloween Parade In Beacon And It's...

You all are getting ready for Halloween already, and are writing in to ask us if there is a Kids Halloween Parade this year. Yes there is! Always check A Little Beacon Blog’s Events Calendar for yearly events.

The Kids Halloween Parade will be Sunday, October 27th, 2019. We are getting details on this year’s start time and parade route. As of now, it is the same day as the rain date for the Beacon Car Show, which is Sunday, October 20th. Hopefully the weather will be great that day with no need for rain date.

Read more about what to expect from this Halloween Parade in our article about it.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Face Painters Wanted For Spirit Of Beacon Day

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The Spirit of Beacon Day Committee is seeking volunteer Face Painters to give 1 hour of their day to being a face painter for kids between the hours of 12pm - 4pm. Supplies and training/orientation will be provided.

The Spirit of Beacon Day is Sunday, September 29th with a rain date of October 6, 2019.

Do you enjoy working with kids and paint? Sign up!

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email : spiritofbeacon@gmail.com.

Happening This Weekend - 9/6/2019

Plenty to do this weekend in and around Beacon! The shops we stopped into today are full (Luxe Optique, Zakka Joy, Darryl's Clothing Boutique, Beacon Barkery) though you wouldn't have thought, as the sidewalk was light with walkers. It was because the shoppers were inside. There is so much you will find in Beacon. Tag us during your adventures!
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.
Events Guide sponsored by The Crafty Hammer



7th Hoptember Festival at Dutchess Hops
Day
: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 1-5pm (VIP starts at 11:30am)
Location: Eastern View Farm (aka Dutchess Hops) 1167 Noxon Road, Lagrangeville, NY
More than 25 local brewers, distillers and cider-makers join local farms and restaurants. Live music.
Information >

Closing Exhibition Performance: Ethan Cohen KUBE
"Orphans of Painting II"
Day
: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 3pm
Location: 211 Fishkill Avenue, Beacon, NY
Orphans of Painting II is an exhibition of international artists who may identify first and foremost as painters but expand their practice into other formal registers creating hybridized art forms somewhat disparate from their primary medium. A special performance by Jon Tsoi will take place at 3 PM.
Information >

10th Annual Chefs Farm Fresh Fundraiser Dinner at Bannerman's
Day
: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: see below
Location: Bannerman's Island, Beacon, NY
The BCT’s tour boat, the Estuary Steward will bring attendees to Bannerman’s Island from the dock at the Beacon Waterfront (across from the Beacon Railroad station) - for two different bookings - the first at 3:00 pm and the second at 4:30 pm.
Information >

Farm Dance Gala 2019 at Glynwood
Day
: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 4:30-9:30pm
Location: Glynwood, 362 Glynwood Road, Cold Spring, NY
Information >

26th Annual Fine Arts & Craft Fair in Fishkill
Day
: Sunday, September 8, 2019
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Main St, Fishkill, NY
Information >

Wee Play Community Mural Dedication & Donor Sign Unveiling
Day
: Sunday, September 8, 2019
Time: 4-5pm
Location: Memorial Park, Fishkill Ave, Beacon, NY
During the summer, the bathroom at Memorial Park was painted by volunteers. Sunday is the Dedication Celebration after the completion of the community mural and the unveiling of the Wee Woods Donor Sign. Light refreshments provided by Wee Play.
Information >
 

9/11: Beacon's "We Will Never Forget" Memorial Ceremony
Day
: Tuesday, September 11, 2019
Time: 9am
Location: Patriot Park, corner of Verplanck Ave. & Matteawan Rd. (near the Beacon High School track)
Come together to honor, remember, and reunite. The City of Beacon and the City of Beacon Fire Department invite you to a ceremony commemorating the 18th anniversary of September 11, 2001.


Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
This Guide is made possible by the sponsorship of The Crafty Hammer.
 

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END


Darryl's Women's Clothing Boutique
155 Main Street
www.darrylsny.com

Meow! The faux animal print is in at Darryl's Clothing Boutique! The boutique is loving fall, and you will love the jackets you see in there, both cropped and shaped. This off the shoulder dress from the designer Eva Varro is a show-stopper, as are the other dresses - and black belts with cool hardware that you can decorate with. Do check these out in person...



 



Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

www.luxeoptique.com
Look up close at the white side of this frame: it is granite, from the Hong Kong based design house, Rigards. Available now in white or black at Luxe Optique. Usually the side eye shade is soft, but not this rock-hard design. As delicate as they look, Rigards are created to be collector's items, to be worn and handed down to the next generation.


 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END


Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
SAVE THE DATE!
The next Trunk Show will be held the weekend of September 13th-15th featuring gowns by Hayley Paige.
Book your appointment with Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique today or call them at (845) 761-2900!


Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! Luxe Optique, Binnacle Books, Darryl's Boutique, and Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique.




 
Thank you to Barb's Butchery, The Pandorica, and BAJA 328 for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!
Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning!

 
 

The Crafty Hammer
4 S. Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
845-834-9665 (WOOD)

@thecraftyhammerllc
The Crafty Hammer is a proud sponsor of the Beacon Fairy Walk (9/21 and 9/28), a walking theatre production incorporating Beacon’s beautiful landscape. Local artists and community members create a magical path that follows a story set in a hidden Fairy grove within Beacon's University Settlement Camp.
SPECIAL FREE KIDS CLASS:
Day: Saturday, Sept. 14th
Time: 11am-3pm
RSVP: beaconfairywalk@gmail.com
The Crafty Hammer in Beacon, NY is hosting a makers session those who would like to make a fairy house to be used in the play.
 
Thank you to The Crafty Hammer for sponsoring the Adult Classes Guide! For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.
 
 


For a full list of upcoming classes, visit A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide
Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.

Time to freshen up your hair style - or beard! Find a salon in Beacon at
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide.
REAL ESTATE LISTINGS
66 Roundtree Court, Beacon, NY
3 Bedrooms 2 Bathroom | Rental Home

From Gate House Realty: “Great townhouse! End unit with private fenced in yard. Large living room with French doors to deck. Gas fireplace for those cool nights. Updated kitchen with newer appliances.”
Price: $2,250/month (Rental)
Real Estate Agent: Gate House Realty 845-831-9550
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HEADLINE NEWS FROM OUR SPONSORS

 
Antalek & Moore
Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency has a special reminder for you regarding kid and bus safety now that school has started: "Share the road with school buses. We know the first few days take a little longer to get the kids loaded but be patient! Who doesn't love a good first day back to school picture with their kids waving from the bus? According to the National Safety Council, the most dangerous area for children is within 10 feet of their bus. Give them space to load and unload. This is especially true in the first few weeks of school as kids are excited and getting used to this year's routine."
       
A Little Beacon Space :: Event Venue
Host your Pop-Up, Business Meeting, Client Presentation, Workshop, and more. Now is the time to book Holiday Parties, Holiday Pop-Up Shops, and Special Events!
Details >
Tin Shingle 
Need to get the word out about your business? Tin Shingle trains you in how to do this. And how to have the courage to put yourself out there.
Get Info >
Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Business Directory
Is your business in the Business Directory of the Beacon Chamber of Commerce yet? It should be. Join here today.
Learn More >
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Producers of this newsletter include:
Katie Hellmuth Martin, Publisher, Writer, Designer, Photographer
Marilyn Perez, Managing Editor
Catherine Sweet, Editor of the Second Saturday Guide

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New Stop Sign For Elm and Oak Streets, Making It A 4-Way Stop In The Land Of One-Way Streets

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The intersection of Elm and Oak Streets is about to get a 4th stop sign, after a unanimous vote by Beacon’s City Council this week (9/3/2019), completing this intersection as a 4-way stop. Located in a neighborhood directed by several one-way streets and hedges that swell into the sidewalk, peeking around the corner to see who is coming or zooming through can be difficult.

Several intersections in this area of town, which generally stretches from behind Rite Aid to Max’s On Main, do not have 4-way stops. Knowing whether you are at a stop sign is not intuitive, as sometimes there is no stop sign where you think there would be one, causing the driver to slow down, which could cause the opposite driver at the actual stop sign to consider going. It’s just all confusing.

Note to selves: Let this stop sign be an inspiration to moving forward with your dreams of improvements on streets around you. If you wish something were so, go on down to a City Council meeting and ask for it - with logic informing you and in a gentle tone (some folks can be quite feisty…kindness helps…you could also start by emailing your council representative). For instance, there are vanishing sidewalks and cross-walks to nowhere at Verplanck and Willow Street, making crossing safely at any of the 4 corners unsafe, and actually impossible if you are rolling in a wheelchair or pushing a stroller.

Electric wheelchair traffic is common in Beacon. Broken or non-existent sidewalks are a barrier to travel, leaving lots of pedestrians and electric rollers to travel in the street.

Mayor Issues Warning About Aggressive Driving In Beacon - Police Are Ticketing!

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During a recent City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 3, Mayor Casale issued a warning to everyone driving that the police are out looking for aggressive driving, and are ready to give tickets. During their meetings this summer, the City Council has been talking about parking issues, possibilities of bike lanes, and traffic congestion in general.

“Police have been on Main Street to watch for this aggressive driving. I sat in a storefront and saw 7 U-turns. This is your warning. If you get a ticket, don't call me. Be aware of the law.”

As Main Street fills up with vehicle traffic from tourists and locals, so has reckless driving, especially as the weekend approaches. Illegal U-turns are commonplace, passing on the double yellow line while a car is parking is becoming normal (it’s not legal and is super dangerous…it’s easy to flatten a pedestrian you don’t see crossing while a car is parallel parking), young kids on bikes are doing wheelies while taunting traffic, and other mischievous fun.

The double yellow lines just started getting their seasonal repaint job this week, as announced by the City Administrator Anthony Ruggiero.

Exit 11…No Wait…Exit 41…? Where Am I? Beacon exit on I-84 Changes To 41

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The story first broke on Brian PJ Cronin’s Instagram, when he teased out that Beacon’s iconic Exit 11 had changed numbers to be Exit 41. It was an article he was working on to be published later that week in print in the Highlands Current newspaper.

According to his reporting, the State Department of Transportation initiated the change in number to give it some logic (if you know the relevance of 11, chime in in the comments below). The exits on I-84 now correspond to how far away the exit is from the Pennsylvania border. Beacon is apparently 41 miles, and Fishkill is 44, which is its new exit number.

As you are driving, if you pass Exit 41 and expect to see Exit 42, you won’t. It’s only going by the mileage. Not being highway experts, and not having inquired yet with the state highway department, we’re not sure that a regular driver would get the relevance of 41 to 44. Do all exits work this way? Hadn’t thought about it, but will now pay attention to the numbering systems while on the road in different states.

Exit 11 had been commemorated years ago by the owners of Mountain Tops Outfitters with a line of sweatshirts and T-shirts with Exit-11 on them. They produced the T-shirts even before opening their shop. Will they stop printing the gear? According to Brian’s article, Katy Behney, co-owner of the store, they will continue. “It helps define everyone who arrived in Beacon prior to now. We’re the Exit 11 generation.”

There is a reference used in Beacon that we don’t use here on the blog: “old Beacon” and “new Beacon.” It’s become at times a contentious label, so we don’t encourage it. Further, it’s not clearly defined. We have had people refer to themselves as “old Beacon” after moving here 10 years ago. I moved here 10 years ago, and I’d never apply that label to me! I was thinking 30 years was the minimum to be “old Beacon.”

As for the exit, however, “old” has been declared on the sign itself with a helpful hint underneath: “Exit 41 (old exit 11).” So there is certainty in Exit 11!

The original Exit 11 has been thrown to the ground and not taken away. Nature has slowly started creeping over the sign, swallowing it into the earth.

Sniff Sniff. Long live Exit 11. Respect to the new Exit 41 and the logic it’s trying to accomplish.

Happening This Weekend 8/30/2019

Happy Labor Day Weekend! As we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of American workers, let's not forget that not everyone is off this weekend, so give any business you see open this weekend a super high-five!

If you're like a lot of locals in Beacon who have hit the road, and you are itching to do the same for a mini-staycation or just something different, get into your car and hit up these drive-in movie theaters that are open through September! Several are dog-friendly, and the menu of one movie drive-in has our writer Izdihar Dabashi totally distracted by the food (a hand-spun shake with flavors such as baklava, anyone?).
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Events Guide sponsored by The Crafty Hammer


Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.

Flora Good Times Opening Day Celebration
Day:
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Location: 197 Main St., Beacon, NY
Your favorite little flower shop on Main Street, Flora, has a new friendly owner, Corinne Bryson, and we've got the scoop on what you can expect from the shop here in this article. Hear it from her, though, when you meet her at her party!

Artifact Beacon and Wares Closing Forever This Weekend - BUT...
Don't freak out just yet! Yes, two of your favorite artisan stores on the west end of Beacon are closing this weekend, BUT they will be re-opening together later in September. Meanwhile, this weekend is your last chance to shop in each of their stores as they are, so hurry in, and take advantage of 20% off at Artifact and Wares. Big sales!! More details about the beginning of their new shop is here in this article.
Artifact Beacon: 17 East Main St. (down the street/hill from Dogwood)
Wares: 2 Tioronda Ave. (the cute little house near the silos)
20% Off And Big Sales In Both Stores Labor Day Weekend Only

This Guide is made possible by the sponsorship of The Crafty Hammer.
 

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END


Darryl's Women's Clothing Boutique
155 Main Street
www.darrylsny.com

Yowza! This sexy, seamless black top from Lysee is at Darryl's Clothing Boutique right now, and you need it in your closet. Super versatile, this stretchy fabric will work on its own or under a jacket until the moment you need to throw it aside to reveal the dramatic sleeve detail.


 



Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

www.luxeoptique.com
Did you know that Luxe Optique accepts the Care Credit card? It's true. If you got this card for your cat's vet bill, or your dentist, you can also use it for your face with a purchase of frames. In terms of insurance, Luxe Optique does file your out-of-network forms for you, so that a reimbursement check might arrive in the mail.


 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END


Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main Street, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
That veil... This dress... The gorgeous gown from Hayley Paige has a plunging sweetheart neckline and horsehair trim. A very flirty gown, make an appointment today to try it on, and see what else is in the bridal boutique.

Book your appointment with Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique today!


Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! Luxe Optique, Binnacle Books, Darryl's Boutique, and Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique.




 
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Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning dining needs!

 
 

The Crafty Hammer
4 S. Chestnut Street, Beacon, NY
(845) 834-9665 (WOOD)

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So many toys - we mean tools - in The Crafty Hammer! This machine is for making smooth cuts for cutting boards. The cutting board is one of many projects you can decorate during a workshop or private team-building workshop.

Bend & Brew Yoga w/ Firefly Yoga
Day:
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Sloop Brewing Co., 755 East Drive, East Fishkill, NY
Information >

Thank you to The Crafty Hammer for sponsoring the Adult Classes Guide! For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.
 
 


For a full list of upcoming classes, visit A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.
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Time to freshen up your hair style - or beard! Find a salon in Beacon at
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide.
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Artifact Beacon and Wares Closing Forever This Weekend - BUT…

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Don't freak out just yet over that headline: It’s true, two of your favorite artisan stores on the east end of Beacon near the mountain are closing this weekend, BUT they will be re-opening together later in September. Meanwhile, this weekend is your last chance to shop in each of their stores as they currently exist, so hurry in, and take advantage of 20% off at Artifact and Wares. Big sales!!

HIT UP THESE SALES LABOR DAY WEEKEND:
Help a little boutique (or two) out! Buy their stuff!
Artifact Beacon:
17 East Main Street (down the street/hill from Dogwood)
Wares: 2 Tioronda Avenue (the cute little house near the silos, just off Main Street)

Artifact and Wares Are Merging Into One Shop - On Main Street

Both shops were on the fringe of Main Street, situated as they were on East Main and Tioronda. Not being on Main Street isn’t the worst thing, but on the east end of Main Street near the mountain, it can be hard to feel a rush of foot traffic. So keep walking, people! Some of the cutest shops, galleries and eateries are located down here.

Artifact and Wares are merging into one shop to be located at 484 Main Street (the former Waddle n Swaddle spot, near the new yoga studio), and will be called Hyperbole. This new store brings together the owners Carolyn Baccaro, of Artifact, and her good friend Andrea Podob, of Wares. Says Carolyn: “Together, we're creating a unique shopping experience that connects independent, [thoughtful] artists with stylish and discerning customers like YOU.” Look for jewelry, art, clothing, vintage finds, and more at the new Hyperbole.

Fans of both shops are being directed to follow Artifact’s Instagram page, which will convert over to the new Hyperbole.

The former space of Artifact will be filled by new store owners, who are plotting their arrival as we speak.

Time to update A Little Beacon Blog’s Shopping Guide!

Flora The Flower Shop Is Under New Ownership - Changing To Flora Good Times

This just in! Your favorite little flower shop on the west end of town, Flora, is under new ownership from the proprietress Corinne Bryson. Says Corinne of the new shop: “There will still be tons of plants and flowers, but I'm aiming to work with small local farms to get flowers during the growing season rather than imported flowers, and unusual plant specimens!”

Where does Corinne hail from? It is always interesting to follow the thread of a small business journey, tracing from where a business owner started, and how they got here, to Beacon. Corinne is originally from outside of Detroit. She’ll fill in the rest:

“I moved to Rochester, NY, 10 years ago to go to school for photography. I moved to Brooklyn almost seven years ago to pursue that career and tripped and fell into floral design and fell in love with house plants. My husband and I currently live in Brewster, where we’re working at filling our house with rare plants, hand-thrown ceramics and knick-knacks from our travels.”

Tripping and falling into floral design sounds fun. Let the opening of the shop begin! Flora Good Times will hold an opening day celebration on Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 12 to 5 pm. The shop is located at 197 Main St., Beacon, NY near the Beacon Bread Company.

Drive-In Movie Theaters Still Open This Summer Through September!

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Sunny days are storming into cool nights as summer seeps into September. School will soon begin, work schedules will fill up, weekend plans may be a little harder to make. Drive-in movie theaters provide an easygoing mode of entertainment to ease the transition of summer break into a fall state of mind, especially since most theaters are open rain or shine until mid-September. If you are looking for an evening of nostalgia from the glow of the silver screen, a whimsical summer night with starry lights and blankets on the plush grass, or a breezy family night, cruise around the Hudson Valley to spend an evening at one of these eight locations before summer slips away.

Overlook Drive-In

Poughkeepsie, 30 minutes, 18 miles from Beacon

Photo credit: overlook drive-in

Photo credit: overlook drive-in

Located in Poughkeepsie, Overlook Drive-In proudly offers a screen about the size of a six-story building, the largest in the tri-state area. Opened in 1955, Overlook hosts 750 cars to view their double-feature movies. Classic movie theater snacks such as popcorn and candy are sold here, along with pizza, hot dogs, and burgers. In addition to the massive screen, the freshly made funnel cakes set Overlook apart from the other drive-in movie theaters. Adults pay $10, children ages 5-11 pay $7, and kids under 5 are free. If you are able to make it to Monday Bargain night, everyone pays $7 for a ticket.

Hyde Park Drive-In

Hyde Park, 35 minutes, 21 miles from Beacon

photo credit: hyde park drive-thru

photo credit: hyde park drive-thru

If you are looking for a simple setting, this is the place. Hyde Park Drive-In consistently screens recent releases, accommodates around 670 cars in this pet-friendly location, and offers fried dough and cappuccinos, in addition to fast food and theater snacks. Bargain night is Tuesday night, when all tickets are at times reduced to $7.

Four Brothers Drive-In

Amenia, 50 minutes, 45 miles from Beacon

photo credit: four brothers drive-in

photo credit: four brothers drive-in

Established in 2014, this ’60s themed drive-in provides a modern yet whimsical aesthetic. General admission is set at $11, seniors pay $8, children 5-10 pay $6, and children under 5 are free. Four Brothers has a playground, mini-golf course and a hotel on site. Movies are centered around family-friendly content, ranging from comedy to drama, with the occasional cultural indie film. Their grounds boast a lively atmosphere, a wheelchair accessible park, and a communal litter box for the welcomed pets. The elaborate menu goes beyond the classics and dives into innovative, including hand-spun shakes with flavors such as baklava or wine, grilled burgers that go beyond beef to include salmon or veggie options, and paw treats for pets. I could probably write a separate piece on the menu alone.

Warwick Drive-In

Warwick (Orange County), 50 minutes, 41 miles from Beacon

photo credit: warwick drive-in

photo credit: warwick drive-in

Open seven nights a week with three screens, this rustic setting plays recent releases. First opened in 1950, this drive-in serves usual theater snacks and fast food, most notably their popcorn chicken. Adults ages 12 and up pay $12, children 4-11 and seniors are $8, and children under 4 are free.

Hi-Way Drive-In

Coxsackie (Greene County), 1 hour, 68 miles from Beacon

photo credit: hi-way drive-in

photo credit: hi-way drive-in

Open seven nights a week since 1951, four screens showcase a different double feature every night. Offering only a classic snack bar, this location plays recent releases. Admission is set at $10 for adults, $5 for children 3-11, and free for kids under 3.

Greenville Drive-In & Beer Garden

Greenville (Greene County), 1 hour 18 minutes, 77 miles from Beacon

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photo credit: greenville drive-in & beer garden

In business since 1959, this drive-in leans toward playing independent films, shorts, community works and the occasional classic. Locally produced beer, wine, and spirits are served here. Occasionally, drinks are coordinated to theme with the scheduled film, such as a kryptonite drink for the Superman movie. Outdoor seating provides a stage for live music, and the snack bar includes potato skins, ice cream and locally made popsicles.

Hollywood Drive-In

Averill Park (Rensselaer County), 1 hour 41 minutes, 102 miles from Beacon

Photo Credit: Hollywood Drive-In

Photo Credit: Hollywood Drive-In

Look out for random free passes at the bottom of your popcorn boxes at this charming drive-in. First opened in 1952, the Hollywood Drive-In plays a double feature seven nights a week. Crunch on nachos and pizza as recent Hollywood releases flicker across the silver screen. General admission for adults is $10, kids pay $5.

Jericho Drive-In

Glenmont (Albany County), 1 hour 25 minutes, 87 miles from Beacon

Photo Credit: Jericho Drive-In

Photo Credit: Jericho Drive-In

Jericho Drive-In provides an old-time feel but plays recent releases. Pets are welcome - bring your pup on Sundays after 6 pm to receive a free Doggie Vanilla treat. An on-site ice cream shop sells fun flavors such as s'mores or Raspberry Rumble, a heavenly blend of raspberry swirls and truffles. Classic snacks and fast food are available, ranging from mozzarella sticks to popcorn and slushies. Adults pay $10, kids $5. Oh, and be sure to save your ticket stubs for a prize at the door!